Portulaca quadrifida L.

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Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Portulaca quadrifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Portulaca foliosa sensu Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostate annual herb, growing from a somewhat swollen taproot. Stems reddish, up to 25 cm long, often rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, fleshy, lanceolate, elliptic-oblong, rarely cordate-ovate, up to 10 × 4 mm, often much smaller, somewhat flattened on both surfaces; stipular hairs numerous, up to 3-5 mm long, whitish. Flowers at the ends of branches, solitary or in clusters of 2-4; petals 4, rarely 5, yellow to orange, very rarely pink or purplish, almost free. Stamens 8-12. Capsule conical-ovoid, dehiscing horizontally.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: quadrifida: cut into four
Habitat: Mostly as a weed of cultivated and disturbed land in hot and dry areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Annual.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 18 June 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 229. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 304. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 294. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 68.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 365 - 366. (Includes a picture).


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Portulaca quadrifida
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Portulaca quadrifida
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Portulaca quadrifida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Portulaca quadrifida
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JSTOR Plant Science: Portulaca quadrifida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Portulaca quadrifida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Portulaca quadrifida
The Plant List (version 1.1): Portulaca quadrifida
Tropicos: Portulaca quadrifida


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Portulaca quadrifida.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123220, retrieved 20 October 2017

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